Teenage boy shot by police over 'selfie with toy gun'

Published: June 23, 2015
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File photo of children playing with toy guns. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of children playing with toy guns. PHOTO: AFP

FAISALABAD: A teenage boy was killed by police firing in Faisalabad on Tuesday after they reportedly mistook the 17-year-old for a robber. 

According to details, 17-year-old Fahad Javaid and his friend were taking pictures of themselves with a toy pistol in a park when police from Peoples Colony police station opened fire on them. As a result, Farhan and Fahad received serious bullet injuries and were shifted to Divisional Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.

“Fahad and Farhan went to Safina Park in Madina Town and were taking pictures with a toy pistol when a police team came on the spot and opened fire on them without asking any questions,” Sultan Naseer, Fahad’s uncle told The Express Tribune.

“As a result, Farhan and Fahad both received bullet injuries and were shifted to DHQ Hospital where Farhan succumbed to his injuries. Farhan’s condition is serious,” Naseer added.

On the complaint of deceased’s father, Muhammad Ali, a case under section 302, 324 and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) has been registered against SHO Peoples Colony Faryad Hussain and he has been arrested.

However, Hussain claimed, “I received an anonymous phone call that some dacoits are busy in looting people on a road from Faizan-e-Madina Chowk towards Rakh Branch Canal.”

“Along with a heavy police contingent, I reached the spot and saw two dacoits looting people and asked them to surrender but they started to fire at us,” he added.

“The police returned fire and during this encounter, one of the dacoits received bullet injuries and fell down on the ground whereas his accomplice managed to escape from the scene.”

The SHO further said, “The injured dacoit was later identified as Farhan son of Iftikhar Ahmad.”

“A 30-bore pistol was also recovered from the injured outlaw whereas special police team has also been constituted to trace the whereabouts of the escapee,” the SHO added.

Meanwhile, City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Afzaal Kausar took notice of the incident and constituted a committee to probe into the matter, comprising of SSP Investigation Bilal Umar, SP Madina Town Jameel Jafar and SP Lyallpur Town Owais Ahmad. The team has been directed them to submit a report within 24 hours.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Ashraf
    Jun 23, 2015 - 4:54PM

    Please stop buying guns to kids – even if they are toys.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 23, 2015 - 5:09PM

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:22PM

    There is no reason to play with toy guns in public. It is sad incident but police did nothing wrong.Recommend

  • Atif
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:41PM

    It’s really sad.Recommend

  • Shuaib Bhat
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:42PM

    I do not know what to say here. If they didn’t act, there may potentially have been an attack. Ofcourse the police should be careful but his intent was to protect the citizens of this country and it was not to cause harm to an innocent man. One can only pray for the person who lost his life.Recommend

  • Oats
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:48PM

    @Shuaib Bhat: I feel sorry for the police too. They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t don’t. The kid could have been a criminal too. Why do parents buy kids such toy guns – especially for a teenager. This type of police shooting of someone brandishing a fake gun and being shot goes on in the US all the time.Recommend

  • Malik Tariq
    Jun 23, 2015 - 9:54PM

    Parents who buy guns for children act irresponsibly and are either unaware or are themselves so immature to gauge the consequences. We as a nation must clamp down on this gun culture and put some restrictions on sale of toy guns which resemble actual weapon. Toy guns must not have same color as actual weapon, nor same size.Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Jun 23, 2015 - 10:01PM

    A very sad incident which cost teenager’s life. But who is the main accused in this whole episode, the police who opened fire without any warning or the parents who allowed their kids to roam in public places whether with a toygun. As everyone knows the deteriorating law and order situation in the country and increasing street crimes the police has no option but to shot the criminals for the safety of life and property of the innocent citizens though in this particular incident its a pretermission by the police but we cant blame police only, we all are responsible as instead of buying books and learning material for children we buy toypistols for our kids and feel proud while watching our kids playing and firing each other with these toys without thinking that the grooming of children with such toy weapons to play would be harnful in future as it would be most disasterous for their character building.Recommend

  • Jabbar
    Jun 24, 2015 - 12:33AM

    What do you mean by “damned if they damned if they don’t”? All sorts of target killers, armed burglers, snatchers, and terrorists gun down people in broad daylight and escape with impunity. Why don’t the police and Rangers deployed on every main road dare to shoot at them?!Recommend

  • Alarm
    Jun 24, 2015 - 3:05AM

    The guns in the picture do look dangerously realistic!Recommend

  • AA
    Jun 24, 2015 - 3:30AM

    I could hardly believe what the SHO was reporting, its simply a fake report to boost his record book. Fake encounters an evil fact of Punjab police. That being said, the parents who allowed their kids to have toy guns and to get selfies to impress others tells us a huge story. The gun is something to give pride for these kids. They probably so closely imitated to real guns that these kids were trying to fool recipients of their pictures. What if they find access to real guns? I believe to set the example parents should also be sentenced to probation and if they own guns those should be confiscated for the safety of other kids. These people are irresponsible to have any form of munition. The police should also be investigated if they followed the requisite procedure. Recommend

  • ZN
    Jun 24, 2015 - 8:39AM

    Police did the right thing! Terrorists use the same age group for their activities. Moral is to stop giving any type of guns to kids / teenagers. Recommend

  • Chaiman Wow
    Jun 24, 2015 - 11:12AM

    @Pakistani:
    I thought police job was to catch robber and bring to court instead of shooting them when they are not being shot at by robber.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jun 24, 2015 - 11:33PM

    Pakistan is battleground where everything looks scary and dangerous.Recommend

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